I noticed that my next post will be my 200th one for Old School Gamer Magazine. I decided to use this post to diagram how I got to be where I am in the video game community. It shows how I became a staff member at Old School Gamer Magazine.
I was called by Ryan Burger in October 2017, nearly 3 years ago. He got my name from Walter Day who I have been working a lot with since 2008. Throughout the years I have met some really cool people in the gaming industry. Writers, developers, world record holders, game designers, historians, etc.There are way too many names to call out, but I put in my diagram a few that I have spent the most time with and people who helped me get to where I am today. I went from watching the King of Kong in 2008, to becoming a writer for several magazines and websites, world record holder on various console games, co-promoter of the Video Game Summit, committee member of the International Video Game Hall of Fame, and much more. I became a huge collector of video games (at one point had almost 3,700 individual console games and 27 systems). I became the main collector and inventory of the Walter Day Trading Cards (almost at 2,800 printed), as well as interviewing over 200 trading card holders, with more in the works. I have had a college class do a paper on me and my career, interviewed for many gaming websites and published my very first book, with a 2nd one in the works.
There has always been positive things that go with my gaming experiences, it has helped me get through tough times and sad times. I can always count on the community to energize and heighten my mood.This year has been very tough, as I am not able to be with many of my friends in the industry because most events were cancelled, including my own. I wanted to thank everyone I have had involvement with and met throughout the years, I would not change a thing and hope next year we are back at events and hanging out. Be safe out there. –Todd